Become a leader in business or education with a professional doctoral programme – available fully online with an optional face-to-face residency.

The University of Liverpool offers two professional online doctorates: a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and a Doctor of Education – Higher Education (EdD). Equal in status and challenge to a PhD, the DBA and EdD are professional doctorates, available 100% online with a residency option involving in-person meetings in Liverpool.

Both programmes take an innovative approach, promoting critical thinking and active workplace research. They bring together senior professionals from across the world to create new knowledge and share best practices in a highly collaborative, online classroom.

Graduates emerge with advanced, doctoral-level knowledge and skills, an enhanced professional network and a fully valid, widely recognised doctoral degree from the University of Liverpool. You can study online from anywhere in the world and graduate in person in Liverpool if you choose.

AACSB-accredited online DBA

The online DBA is covered by the University of Liverpool Management School’s AACSB Accreditation, awarded to only 5% of business schools worldwide. The DBA attracts senior professionals from across the globe who are ready to develop their leadership skills and engage in in-depth research in their field.

Online EdD on global Higher Education

Offered by the University’s Centre for Lifelong Learning with a strong reputation for educational development, the online EdD focuses on the latest practice, research, and leadership thinking in higher education in a global context. Highly collaborative and international, the EdD programme provides educational professionals with an unrivalled opportunity to deepen their understanding of the role of universities as places of learning and as learning institutions.

Professional online doctorates with PhD status

Both the DBA and EdD are professional doctorates and research degrees. Equivalence between the professional doctorate and a PhD is fully accepted within the UK through the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), and across the European Higher Education Area, through the Lisbon Recognition Convention as part of the Bologna Process. The Convention states that any academic titles awarded by institutions that are recognised by the government of the country in which they operate will be recognised at the same level by the governments of other signatory states. There are currently 53 signatories of the Convention.

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